THE Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is paying tribute to its midwives today as they continue to deliver babies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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THE Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is paying tribute to its midwives today as they continue to deliver babies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
05 May 2020

THE Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is paying tribute to its midwives today as they continue to deliver babies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Day of the Midwife on 5 May is a time to celebrate new life and the tremendous amount of dedication and care our midwives provide to mums and families 24 hours a day seven days a week.

The NCA provides maternity services at The Royal Oldham Hospital, and community midwifery services in Oldham and Rochdale.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented midwives with many new challenges, which the organisation has had to adapt to.

This means news ways of working for midwives, including social distancing and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure mums and babies are kept safe from the virus.

Simon Mehigan, Director of Midwifery at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group said:

“This is one of the most challenging times the NHS has ever faced I want to say a huge thank you to all our midwives. Their passion, care, support and smiling eyes are helping women every day whilst they are experiencing life changing events in a world full of uncertainty. I am proud of them all.”

Throughout the pandemic the maternity team has continued to provide care to women and their families, although there have been some changes, including staff using PPE.

Simon Mehigan said:

“Our staff are wearing masks, gloves and aprons both in hospital, at children’s centres and at homes. We are asking mums-to-be not to be alarmed by this. We are following the advice from Public Health England which is designed to keep our staff, mums, their babies and their families safe.”

The organisation has also set up dedicated phone numbers for Oldham and Rochdale mums to call when they first find out they are pregnant.

New mums are allocated to a nearby children’s centre where women are asked not to bring anyone with them to their appointments, including for their scans, for social distancing reasons.

The NCA has also suspended our antenatal and hypnobirthing classes and are exploring new ways to provide mums with support in these areas.

Despite the switch to less face to face contact for mums the organisation is continuing to support women to give birth on the labour ward, birth centre or at home.

Simon Mehigan added:

“Covid-19 has brought many challenges and some uncertainty, but I would like to reassure mums-to-be that our maternity services at The Royal Oldham Hospital are open 24 hours a day. We are here for you when you need us and we will do all we can to support you through your pregnancy, birth and in the early days after your baby’s birth.”

Visiting to new mums on the postnatal ward is limited to birth partners only, once pre day, for up to six hours.

Precautions have also been introduced around midwives postnatal home visits, and where a family member has a high temperature, cough or other symptoms of COVID-19 visits will be substituted with an over the phone assessment.

For more information about Maternity Services during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the updated Maternity Services section on the website here: https://www.pat.nhs.uk/maternity-services-during-covid-19.htm